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J Community Health Nurs. 2013;30(1):1-15. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2013.750188.

Food patterns and mealtime behaviors in low-income mothers and toddlers.

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  • 1Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI 48824, USA.


Maternal and/or child-feeding behaviors and food choices may be important contributors to childhood obesity. We aimed to compare food patterns and mealtime behaviors and to determine predictors of frequent intake of nutrient-dense and energy-dense foods of low-income African American (AA; nā€‰=ā€‰199) and non-Hispanic White (NHW; nā€‰=ā€‰200) mother-toddlers dyads using a cross-sectional study. Energy-dense foods were consumed frequently by AA than NHW mother-toddler dyads. Mealtime TV watching for AA and being single for NHW mothers predicted toddlers' frequency of nutrient-dense food intake. These findings have implications for culturally relevant interventions aimed at obesigenic food behavior in low-income parents of toddlers.

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